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California Update for Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018
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• Efforts to legalize sports gaming in California have new momentum from Monday's U.S Supreme Court ruling. But it’ll be years, if ever, before you can legally bet on the Giants or Dodgers at your nearby casino, card room or race track—or even online.

• This year, advocates are pushing for three bills which would help undocumented immigrants get access to local business licenses, income tax credits, and healthcare.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Adhiti Bandlamudi.

Ernesto Olivares
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Today is the final day of our conversation with Ernesto Olivares, candidate for Sonoma County sheriff. Olivares is a Santa Rosa City Councilmember who had a long career with the Santa Rosa Police Department.

KRCB news director Steve Mencher asked Olivares about lack of diversity within the county sheriff’s office, and how he plans to address it.  

Sonoma State student
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Update: The Sonoma County Coroner's Office has named the victim in the Sunday stabbing as 26-year-old Steven John Garcia, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

In a Monday morning press conference, Lt. Tim Lyons of the Petaluma Police Department named Tyler J. Bratton of Santa Rosa as the sole suspect in the stabbing death of a 26-year-old male Sonoma County resident Sunday evening. He said Bratton was in custody and on his way to the county jail in Santa Rosa. 

The stabbing took place in university housing on campus.

Outbeat News for Monday, May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018
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• In London, 3 gay men were attacked with acid as they left a popular gay club. 

• Here in the U.S., as Pride celebration season approaches, the cities of Phoenix, Arizona and Denver, Colorado, are installing rainbow striped crosswalks in several downtown intersections. 

• In California, the State Assembly Sub Committee on Government Organization unanimously approved a bill to permanently designate June as Pride Month in the state.  This just in time as the Sonoma County Pride celebration kicks off in downtown Santa Rosa June 1st through the 3rd.

California Update for Monday, May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

• Governor Jerry Brown isn’t backing long-term changes to Medi-Cal or Covered California. But he has proposed some one-time allotments that could improve health services for inmates, the mentally ill and rural residents going forward.

• The revised spending plan proposed by Governor Jerry Brown Friday is drawing praise from lawmakers in both political parties for placing much of California’s projected nine billion dollar budget surplus in reserve.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

California Update for Friday, May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018
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• California Gov. Jerry Brown will release his revised budget proposal this morning as state revenues pour into coffers billions of dollars above projections, setting up a debate over what to do with all that extra money.

• Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order Thursday to improve the health of the state's forests. It sets aside $96 million for practices like forest thinning, controlled fires and planting trees.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ezra David Romero.

Ernesto Olivares
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Yesterday, we talked with Santa Rosa City Council Member Ernesto Olivares. He’s one of three candidates for Sonoma County sheriff. Today, news director Steve Mencher continues that conversation.

California Update for Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018
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• The agency that manages California's energy grid says electricity supplies will be tight this summer.

• The California Energy Commission unanimously voted Wednesday to require new homes to either have solar panels on them or to be part of a cluster of homes powered by solar.

Today's reporting by Steve Milne and Ezra David Romero.

Ernesto Olivares
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With a primary scheduled for June 5, we’re going to be talking over the next few weeks with all three candidates for sheriff of Sonoma County. If no candidate emerges from the primary with a majority of votes, the top two vote getters will face each other in November.

Ernesto Olivares is a Santa Rosa city council member whose long service on the Santa Rosa police department  prepares him, he says, for the role of sheriff. There’s another part of his background that makes him unique, as he told KRCB news director Steve Mencher.

California Governor Hopefuls Face Off In Crucial Primary Debate

May 9, 2018
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When the six leading candidates for California governor debated Tuesday night in San Jose, their tactics illustrated each campaign’s strategy as the race enters a crucial stretch.

Capital Public Radio’s Ben Adler offers up his takeaways.

If you’d like to learn more about the candidates, check out Ben’s new podcast: “California’s Next Governor.” He’ll introduce you to them in just 10 minutes each. Find it HERE or wherever you get your podcasts.

California Update for Wednesday, May 9, 2018

May 9, 2018
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• State leaders that represent the shrinking Salton Sea want the same kind of expedited action taken on restoring it as the Oroville spillway crisis had in 2017.

• Former California Governor George Deukmejian has died. He was 89 years old. He was known for his law-and-order stewardship, and his fiscal austerity earned him the nickname “the Iron Duke.”

Today's reporting by Ezra David Romero and Ben Adler.

combustible materials
UC Dept of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Wednesday is the final day of a three day meeting on the Sonoma State campus called Living with Fire in California’s Coast Ranges. Participants are taking part in field trips today to areas connected to the October fire storms. The first two days were packed with talks by experts from throughout California, and from other western states.

Chris Coursey
Rotary Club of Santa Rosa

This fall, the Santa Rosa City Council begins a process that will eventually result in every councilmember representing a specific geographic area. Currently, they are all “at large.”

Mayor Chris Coursey is one of those standing for election this year – and he spoke to KRCB news director Steve Mencher about how the new district system will work.

The final map is posted here. Districts 2,4 and 6 will vote this November. The remaining four districts vote in 2020.

Outbeat News for Monday, May 7, 2018

May 7, 2018

• Hawaii is set to become the 12th state to outlaw conversion gay conversion therapy as a practice on minors. 

• The Matthew Shepard Foundation announced that olympic athlete Adam RIppon will be honored with the Making A Difference Award. 

• San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted on a resolution to designate an in the south of market a gay leather district.

• The opening line-up for this year’s Frameline Film Festival happening June 14 through 24 has been announced.

California Update for Monday, May 7, 2018

May 7, 2018
Andrew Bowen / Capital Public Radio

• California Republicans gathered over the weekend in San Diego for their state party convention, but after hearing from their two leading candidates for governor, they did not make an endorsement.

• California Republicans are defending seven seats in Congress this year. At the party's convention in San Diego, officials seemed aware of a potential voter backlash against the president.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Andrew Bowen.

California Update for Friday, May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018
Beth Ruyak / Capital Public Radio

• Gymnasts who were sexually assaulted by their team doctor are supporting a bill that would require patients to be informed if the doctor they are about to see has been put on probation by the medical board.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling.

Suzanne Gordon
Suzanne Gordon

After the failed nomination of Admiral Ronny Jackson to lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, we invited an expert on veterans’ healthcare to talk with us. Suzanne Gordon told KRCB News Director Steve Mencher what experience she believes is needed to lead the VA – and what is at stake in the choice.

Learn more about Suzanne Gordon's next book, Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing and Hope to the Nation's Veterans.

California Update for Thursday, May 3, 2018

May 3, 2018

• Thousands of California elderly and disabled patients are not getting proper care at skilled nursing facilities in California , according to a new report by the State Auditor's office.

• Recent polls of California voters have shown major fluctuations in the top race.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Ben Bradford.

The Battle for Veterans' Healthcare
Cornell University Press

With the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in the news recently, there’s been increased attention to the possibility of privatizing veterans’ health care. Suzanne Gordon is a journalist and author who often writes about health. Her latest book is The Battle for Veterans’ Healthcare.

Gordon  spoke with KRCB News Director Steve Mencher, and suggested who might benefit if long-standing conservative plans for privatization take hold.

California Update for Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May 2, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he backs the single-payer health care bill that stalled in the state Legislature last year — but not in its current form.

• California and 17 other states announced Tuesday they are suing the federal government over efforts to weaken fuel-efficiency standards for cars.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ezra David Romero.

Paul Gullixson
Sonoma State University

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat earned a Pulitzer Prize this year for its gutsy and wide-ranging coverage of October’s fires. As he celebrated that achievement, the paper’s Editorial Director, Paul Gullixson, was leaving after two decades to become Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications at Sonoma State.

He talked with KRCB News Director Steve Mencher about the P-D’s proud moment.

Here's Paul Gullixson talking about what's ahead in his new job at Sonoma State:

California Update for Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May 1, 2018
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• A Gavin Newsom for Governor TV ad claimed Newsom was "the first to take on the NRA and win." The claim ignores other gun control measures passed by prominent Californians decades before Newsom's efforts.

Find all Politifact California fact checks HERE.

•  A California Supreme Court decision is seen as a win for labor advocates, but many businesses, especially in the tech industry, are seeing it as a setback, because many of them relied on contractors as part of their gig economy.

controlled burn
U.S. Army

Living with Fire in California’s Coast Ranges – that’s the title of a symposium at Sonoma State beginning Monday May 7. For three days, experts from throughout the West will converge on Rohnert Park and talk about fire in the region – its history, its impact, and ways we can mitigate the damage it causes during catastrophes like October’s Wine Country fires.

Outbeat News for Monday, April 30, 2018

Apr 30, 2018

• The Trump administration is set to reverse a rule that protected transgender people from discrimination by healthcare workers in favor of protecting religious freedom.  This could make getting health care more difficult for transgender people. 

• In California, the State Assembly passed a bipartisan bill last week declaring conversion therapy to be fraud and illegal to practice in the State. 

• Disney has created a new rainbow version of the famous Mickey Mouse ear hat, just in time for pride season.

California Update for Monday, April 30, 2018

Apr 30, 2018
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• New campaign finance figures show Gavin Newsom raised $4.6 million from January through late April and has $20 million in cash on hand, far more than any other candidate in the race for governor.

• Scientists think they’ve found the reason why amphibian populations across the Western United States are in decline. The culprit: imported bullfrogs used for food and pets.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ezra David Romero.

California Update for Friday, April 27, 2018

Apr 27, 2018
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• Many people are tuned into the evolving case of the East Area Rapist, who terrorized dozens of women in the 1970's and 80's. But experts say that for survivors of sexual abuse, this is much more than a fascinating story.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

Terence Mulligan
J. Mateo Baker

Napa County may not have been hit as hard as Sonoma by the October fires, but the Napa Valley Community Foundation took lessons learned from the 2014 South Napa earthquake and moved quickly into action to aid its neighbors. On today’s North Bay Report, we continue the Fire Recovery Series by looking at how that recent disaster provided a template for fire recovery. J. Mateo Baker filed this report.

California Update for Thursday, April 26, 2018

Apr 26, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• Authorities say they've arrested the man suspected of killing a dozen people and raping more than 50 women in California in the 70s and 80s.

• The first campaign this election season has now has turned in enough voter signatures to qualify a water bond for the November ballot in California.

Today's reporting by Bob Moffitt and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Apr 25, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• An audit released Tuesday shows that the California State University system exposes students and employees to on-campus hazards such as faulty laboratory equipment, unsafe drinking water, asbestos and chemical spills.

• California officials are trying to prevent a possible undercount of the state’s population in the next Census.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Apr 24, 2018
Andrew Bowen / Special to Capital Public Radio

• Two weeks before vote-by-mail ballots go out – and six weeks before the June 5th primary – the California governor’s race is coming to your television set. (Do people actually say that anymore?)

• Federal investigators are looking for the origin of an E. coli outbreak stemming from romaine lettuce from Yuma, AZ that's sickened 53 people in 16 states. A food safety expert says an Alaskan prison contains a clue to the origin of the pathogen.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Julia Mitric.